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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dinner amidst the chaos




Sometimes the best meals come from the chaos.  On the Wednesday before the party on Friday, Connie cleaned four beef tenderloins.  That meant four roasts to go into the freezer and a bag full of chain that he'll trim later.  It also meant a little pile of tips.  I had a box of sliced portabellas that was older than the box of white button mushrooms I'd bought for the mushroom truffle pesto.  So, that got used for the pesto and the button mushrooms were cooling in the garage.  Yes, we were out of space in the house for anything that isn't fussy.  Mushrooms are not fussy.  Milk is.  He asked if we could saute the beef tips with some onions and garlic.  Well, sure.  Kind of.  I already had the grill going for the tenderloins - pork and beef.  Onions were sitting out on the counter.  Besides, he'd asked for onions, hadn't he? 

Here's how it went together:

Chaos Dinner

Beef Tips
salt and freshly ground pepper
Worcestershire sauce

Mushrooms
olive oil

Hell Grilled Onions
1 large white onion
mayonnaise
shredded parmesan, romano or gruyere
garlic powder
cayenne pepper

I started out by tossing the beef tips with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.  Then, I let them sit on the counter to warm up to room temperature.  The mushrooms were sliced and tossed into a skillet with a bit of olive oil.  Last, but not least, the onion was trimmed and cut into half.   I mixed a couple of tablespoons of mayo with some shredded cheese and a little garlic powder.  That got schmeared on top then sprinkled with cayenne pepper. 



The onions went on to the grill first. 



They need about 15 minutes to get really well done.  Be VERY careful when taking them off the grill so you don't lose the topping.  The meat will take a few minutes to cook - particularly if you like beef rare like we do.  The beef was cooked in a grill basket to keep the pieces from slipping thru the grates of the grill.

17 comments:

Jennifer said...

This looks delicious! I'll have to try those onions...I've never grilled them like that before...looks good!

Elizabeth said...

The grilled onions look fantastic. I will definitely have to try that soon!

Monet said...

I have had quite a few chaotic evenings lately...and I wish my dinners turned out like this! Those onions look and sound so good...I am a big onion fan :-) Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. Eat well tomorrow!

Mateja ^_^ said...

With a husband who is onion lover, this is recipe send from heaven! Thank you ^_^

Mateja ^_^ said...

Whir a husband who is an onion lover, this recipe is just perfect! Thank you for sharing ^_^

Mama J said...

Yum. Those onions look decadent and delicious.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Love the name of your onions. These are a must make. Happy Sunday!!

Eliotseats said...

Can't wait to try those Hellish onions!

Eliotseats said...

Love those Hellish onions. Can't wait for it to get warm so we can grill again!

Toby said...

Absolutely love the grilled onions! They're a keeper!

Becky said...

We grill onions all the time, so this recipe sounds wonderful with the topping. My husband love the hot pepper, so these are right up his alley. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Oh goodness, those onions sound wonderful! Great combination of flavors... I'll definitely try this once grilling season is back in session. :)

Tiffany said...

Wow! Very interesting onions! Hopefully the chaos dies down!

Hester Casey - Alchemy said...

It's lovely to see onions taking a starring role for a change. These look delicious!

kita said...

Those onions look delicious!!! I love onions.... My boyfriend does not. It is a constant tragic battle in our house. Maybe I can make just one :)

thehungryartist said...

We love grilling and have never seen onions cooked that way! Cool! Will have to try it.

The Mom Chef said...

The name of your post and the onions say it all. I love it. It all looks fantastic (as usual).